Commentary

by Maureen Neeley The recent vote by the Redevelopment Agency to explore an adaptive reuse of the Atlantic Theatre, rather than razing it, started some residents wondering about the fate of earlier theaters in North Long Beach. The Atlantic, the Towne and the Crest theaters were built during the boom decade of the 1940s in…

Behind the TV screen at CSULB

A Human Interest Story (or The Gory Details and All), by Carlos Murillo, is an unflinching portrait of a nation obsessed with voyeurism. Directed by Edgar Landa, this intriguing play opens Friday, March 5 at the Players Theater on the Cal State University, Long Beach South Campus, and runs for 15 performances, closing on Saturday,…

Orange County Children’s Theatre takes audiences to musical ‘Island’

Orange County Children’s Theatre (OCCT) is presenting its production of Once on This Island, with wall-to-wall dancing, movement and mime. From the first number, titled “We Dance,” the audience is drawn into the evening’s once-upon-a-time storytelling style and Caribbean island atmosphere. Directed and choreographed by Edward Bangasser, with assistant choreographer Jene’a DeCastro, and vocal direction…

‘Of Mice and Men’ brought to life at LB Playhouse

By Vicki Paris Goodman Arts and Entertainment Editor With his classic drama Of Mice and Men, playwright John Steinbeck certainly provided all the expressive power and explosive emotion any theater’s production staff could ask for. And the Long Beach Playhouse has pulled out all the stops. On what is easily the most fantastic set of…